The Cattaraugus County chapter
in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
(1848). Despite the brevity of this chapter at just four pages, we consider it
essential to the historical record of this area. Also included is the
short chapter Mather & Brockett provided on land grants and patents in New York State.
4++ pages, download now in PDF format, for $2.25.
The Cattaraugus County chapter
from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look
at Cattaraugus County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's
treatment of the subject. It's considerably more extensive than
Mather & Brockett's treatment. The localities mentioned in this
chapter, most of which are still extant today, are: Allegany, Five
Mile Run, Ashford, East Ashford, Bucktooth, Carrolton, Limestone, Tuna,
Cold Spring, Connewango, Rudledge, Axville, Clear Creek, Dayton, West
Dayton, Sociality, East Otto, Otto Corners, Ellicottville, Plato, Ash
Park, Farmersville, Fairview, Franklinville, Cadiz, Freedom, Sandusky,
Elton, Great Valley, Great Valley Station, Peth, Hinsdale, Scotts
Corners, Haskel Flat, Humphrey, Humphrey Center, Sugar Town, Ischua,
Leon, East Leon, Thompsonville, Little Valley, Little Valley Creek,
Lyndon, Elgin, Rawson, Machias, Lime Lake, Mansfield, Eddyville, Napoli,
New Albion, Cattaraugus, Olean, Otto, Waverly, Perrysburgh, Versailles,
Persia, Gowanda, Portville, Mill Grove, Randolph, East Randolph, South
Valley, Onoville, Yorkshire, Yorkshire Corners, Yorkshire Center, and
West Yorkshire. 12+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.
Hilltop - Yearbook of Randolph
(NY) Central School (1963). An interesting
yearbook from a small Western New York state community.
We see a rural school, in a position where new high school graduates
were valued, in an area, while becoming depopulated (witness the Greater
Jamestown Chamber of Commerce ad imploring grads to stay in the area for
bright futures), but in a larger culture where change was beginning.
Before college was over for those so destined they would see the Vietnam
war underway, and the phenomenon known as Woodstock. These graduates,
in the words of the well-known curse, have lived in “interesting” times.
A point of interest: the volume includes photos of all grades,
from Kindergarten through the seniors, and the photo reproduction is
excellent -- meaning that the quality of the photos in the volume was
high. 146++ pages, in PDF format. Download now for $4.00.
Charities in Cattaraugus County
This chapter, taken from volume II of a three volume report of the
State Board of Charities, identifies and provides some information about
Cattaraugus County charities that were substantial enough to be registered
with the State Board. The material will be of interest to local
historians who wish a better picture of charitable institutions in
Cattaraugus County a century ago, to genealogists and family historians
interested in the people who administered charity back then as well as
how any unfortunates housed in these facilities may have lived, and to
those who have questions about the now-politicized "safety net" for the
unfortunates in our society back in those years. 6++ pages, in PDF
format, download now for $2.50.